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NNA Director depicts journalism as news' marker, not political bazaar.

NNA - National News Agency Director, Laure Sleiman Sb, on Thursday said that journalism was never a political bazr or a dais for slander, calumny, and lies, but rather a pen that conveys news with objectivity, accuracy, and impartiality.

"I have been a fancier of journalism since I was 14. I dreamed of being a successful journalist who would preserve the principles of this vocation, deemed a message that protects ethics," she said.

Her lowdown on journalism came during a ceremony the Lebanese University's Faculty of Information and Documentation-Section II has organized today in honor of the veteran students who are now occupying high posts in different media means.

At the beginning of her word, Mrs. Sb asked the audience to observe a minute of silence in tribute to late Joseph Abboud, an Information Faculty graduate and a colleague at the state-run news agency, NNA, who passed away earlier this week.

"20 years have passed since I left the university which I had dreamed, since my tender age, to enter, learn in, and graduate from as a journalist. 20 years later, I am indeed this girl whose dream came true, who was promoted from an editor at a radio, two newspapers and two news agencies, to stand before you today as the Director of the National News Agency," she said.

"It is true that I am where I am owing to my struggle and love for the vocation of difficulties. But I was educated at a faculty where professors taught me the principles and pillars of information. I am one of those impressed by their teachers. As much as I love journalism, I do love them," she continued.

Furthermore, Mrs. Sb noted that the information sector needed substantial support, "because the tremendous media evolution worldwide does not bide its time pending routine and administrative hierarchy." "The Faculty of Information requires generous equipments and developed studios. It is inadmissible that students be graduated while they have only learnt theories, without practicing them at their faculty where they have received their education," she indicated.

Lastly, she did not fail to couch earnest thankfulness for the administration and teachers of the Lebanese University for having thought about their former students and honored them.

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NNA 2013 LEBANON

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